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Tourism & Hospitality

WVU Extension Rural Tourism provides research, planning, and training programs to support the development of a sustainable tourism economy in West Virginia. These programs focus on a participatory approach to community-based tourism development and are offered with the support of a transdisciplinary team of WVU faculty and students.

Partnerships with faculty and staff in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources, Landscape Architecture, Natural Resources Analysis Center, Graphic Design, Public Administration, Business and Economics and other Colleges and Departments at WVU provide a depth of knowledge and expertise and the ability to develop and deliver a wide range of programs to rural destinations.

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West Virginia’s Wild & Wonderful State Parks

The State of West Virginia is often regarded for its beauty. An excellent way to observe the diverse flora, fauna, waterfalls and breathtaking vistas is to visit one of West Virginia’s state parks, state forests or recreation areas.

Doug Arbogast.

If you have community-based tourism research, training, and technical assistance needs, the WVU Extension Service can help. 

Contact  Doug Arbogast, WVU Extension Tourism Specialist, to discuss needs, availability and costs.